Nov 162020

Back in July, George Soros, through Media Matters and then Axios, conducted a series of hit pieces against Mike Cargile. This was tremendously uncharacteristic of a congressional campaign in California. Here, the Republican candidates spend all their money in traditional campaign fashion against Democrat opponents who appear to feel entitled not to campaign at all. After which, the poor Republicans are presented with a predictable defeat, somewhere in the area of a 70/30 split.

All of this was on track to happen again…and then something changed. The Soros attacks hit and Norma Torres used them as ammunition in all out assaults, district wide, across multiple platforms. But she underestimated her opponent. Mike Cargile is a veteran, a filmmaker and a businessman who comes from the world of make-believe headlines. He hit back. After buying her name online, he answered with an opposition website that shames many campaign websites ( This was not what she expected. Now she had to actually campaign and everything had to come out of her own sparse war chest. After blowing through nearly half a million dollars in direct mail pieces, getting spanked in a very public debate and outspending Cargile over 17/1, she ended the campaign in a traditional 70/30 split. Why?

The answer lies in Torres’s last email attack against Mike Cargile (see below). Through her desperate attempt to keep her seat, she unwittingly allows us a peek through the crack into the back room where party leaders on both sides negotiated away the future of our State.

According to our Constitution, Federal elections are conducted at the State level. Apparently, some time in June (or even earlier), Norma Torres realized she was on the outs with the State Democratic Party and at war with “Sacramento politicians, State Senator Connie Leyva and Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez…” Her email blast used Cargile as the hook, but it was a pathetic attack regarding $12K that she thought should have gone to her. She’d just spent $500K against Mike Cargile and was now out of money. But she had no choice since she was no longer privy to the Sacramento insiders and couldn’t take the chance that they would leave her out of whatever they had concocted with the Republicans. But that is exactly what State Democrats wanted the whole time, because Connie Leyva had been selected as Norma’s successor. They just needed to weaken Torres to the point where she would be an easy target in the next two years. And they did just that.

If Norma Torres had simply done nothing, like all the other California Democrats, we would have never looked at this race. But she didn’t, because she couldn’t afford to take the chance. If Mike Cargile had rolled over under the intensity of a National spotlight, he would have never wound up on our radar, but he did. And when he did, it was because his tenacity had put him at odds with his own party who couldn’t afford the heat or the scrutiny that was being placed on his run, so they quietly un-endorsed the one race that could expose the whole deal.

This is a very interesting take. I have always found it odd that Mike Cargile got singled out of all the marginal districts for attack by the CAGOP – the same people that ignored dozens of candidates in marginal districts all over California.

We are going to have more to say about the election results and what happened behind the scenes.

Oct 282020

Did you know that Mike Cargile has forced Norma Torres to spend $500,000 on her re-election campaign in a D+25 district? Could you imagine how much better off competitive Republican Races would be had Jessica Patterson and others actually been serious about recruiting candidates for dem districts? We had more democrats running unopposed than at anytime in the 20 years I have been active in CAGOP politics.

I was recently in CA-35 – specifically Chino and Pomona. Chino does not look like a democrat city and probably should not be if the GOP was serious about outreach and voter registration. Mr. Cargile had signs everywhere in that district. I literally saw at least 100 of them at dozens of intersections.

I also saw Mike himself at a Trump Table shaking people’s hands and handing out literature at the intersection of Grand and Pipeline which is the eastern boundary of Chino Hills. Grand turns in to Edison Ave in Chino. So, literally Cargile was 30 yards outside of his district where I saw him.

Of note – I did not see any signs or signs of precinct activity for Norma Torres. I did not see anything for Torres in Pomona, in obvious democrat stronghold.

It is also clear that Norma Torres has been deeply wounded by Cargile’s campaign as she has attacked him at least 7 times that I am aware of. Meantime, Jessica Patterson, Scott Winn and the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure lynched him out of a GOP Endorsement without a hearing. It appears that their own rhetoric of recruiting candidates for dem districts and taking the fight to the democrats was a sick joke designed to deceive delegates in to allowing them to keep control of the party.

Mike Cargile has put on a clinic on Running for Office in a democrat district and his campaign should be used as a template for how Republicans running in Heavy Dem Districts can do some damage. With modest expenditures, he has forced Norma Torres to become completely spun and unhinged. How sweet it is.

Too bad that the CAGOP’s leadership completely missed the boat on this because of a jilted consultant and their own phobias of phobias.

Oct 262020

It just makes sense that someone who hails from the home of MS-13 would be so weak on crime and border security, doesn’t it?

Voted Nay on: Kate’s Law (HR 3004)  Bill Passed (257-167) on June 29, 2017
Proposed increasing criminal penalties for individuals in the country illegally who were convicted of certain crimes, deported, and then re-entered the U.S. illegally.
Voted Nay on: No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (HR 3003)
Bill Passed (228-195) on June 29, 2017
Proposed withholding federal funds from states and localities that chose not to follow federal immigration laws.
Voted Nay on: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (HR 695)
Bill Passed (250-166) on January 30, 2018
Proposed providing appropriations for military functions administered by the Department of Defense and for other purposes, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.
Voted Nay on: Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018 (HR 3219)
Bill Passed (235-192) on July 27, 2017
Proposed making appropriations for defense, military construction, Veterans Affairs, the Legislative Branch, energy and water development, and for other purposes for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2018
Not a bad resume for a woman who panders to Islam, never mentions Christmas, hails from the home of MS-13 (while never denouncing MS-13), that hates cops and the military? Heck, if she had her way drugs and human traffickers would pour across the borders.
CA-35 is known as a safe seat. However, the “leaders” in the CAGOP that helped pave the way for Norma Torres to get re-elected deserve to have their heads examined and to lose any position of responsibility.
Oct 222020

You read that correct. Career Back-bencher and native of Barillas (the home of MS-13) Norma Torres-Barillas celebrated the ambush of two police officers. You may recall the harrowing video of it while some people (like Norma Torres) celebrated it.

In her most telling passage, Rep. Torres refers to the unprovoked and horrific shooting attack on two deputies last week by indicating, “This attack did not take place in a vacuum though – the moment of reckoning law enforcement is in right now is long-overdue and well-justified.” By that horrible logic, anyone who wears a police uniform should expect and should deserve to be shot.

Media Advisory
Rep. Torres says the
“Eyes of History are Now Upon Us”
And then fails to outline anything remotely close to
a productive path forward
Los Angeles, California – September 22, 2020 – In what her office called a “press release,” Representative Norma Torres goes to great lengths to explain that she is all things to all people. To the activists critical of law enforcement, she refers to “unchecked police aggression.” To law enforcement, she says she knows how important public safety professionals are for emergency response because of her experience as a dispatcher. But she saves her harsh criticism for only one side, the police.
In her most telling passage, Rep. Torres refers to the unprovoked and horrific shooting attack on two deputies last week by indicating, “This attack did not take place in a vacuum though – the moment of reckoning law enforcement is in right now is long-overdue and well-justified.” By that horrible logic, anyone who wears a police uniform should expect and should deserve to be shot.
Rep. Torres attempts to say that she understands law enforcement officers, citing herself as “someone who dispatched LAPD officers for nearly 18 years…”
That experience alone should have been sufficient for her to understand that her statement is widely perceived among sworn personnel as saying that officers who are ambushed in shootings should not be surprised and that peace officers deserve that kind of violence to be aimed at police personnel.
Rep. Torres’ press release includes a list of disclaimers indicating she is against violence against police personnel. All of those disclaimers, and any claims of career experience she may use in an attempt to make herself sympathetic to deputy sheriffs, are eliminated by her offensive posture that blames peace officers first.
Rep. Torres says the “Eyes of History are Now Upon Us…” but she fails entirely to chart a path ahead that would help resolve these challenging issues. Someone as experienced in public safety issues as she is would certainly propose police training, community education, anything that would focus productively on the difficult days ahead.
On behalf of more than 8,000 deputy sheriffs and district attorneys working in Los Angeles County, we urge Rep. Torres to think twice before “condemning” violence against police as an excuse to over-generalize her criticism of sworn personnel.
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